Substantial new powers are currently accruing to the Scottish Parliament as a result of the Scotland Acts 2012 and 2016. We need to ensure that we use these powers to secure a flourishing future for Scotland. In order to do this, it is vital that we strengthen the quality of debate around the policy choices and priorities to create this future. 

our mission

The Scottish Policy Foundation is working to promote honest, insightful and objective policy research to the people of Scotland, in order to inform high quality public debate.

We want to make Scottish politics work better for the people of Scotland.


Scotland's policy infrastructure has lagged behind the transfer of powers to Holyrood. It has been unable to expand to meet the challenge of a more complex governing environment. By enhancing the quality of research and debate, we can inform the delivery of robust policies that will allow Scotland to thrive. The Scottish Policy Foundation believes that generating broader and deeper debate will result in better policy outcomes. 



The Scottish Policy Foundation is an independent, apolitical grant-making charitable foundation. We are working to promote objective policy research in order to inform public debate. 



The Scottish Policy Foundation co-funds policy research by think tanks, charities and other organisations across the political spectrum on core policy issues.

The Foundation also aims to provide think tanks with access to an independent Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the Scottish economy, created by the Fraser of Allander Institute, to enable them to test the impact of policy ideas and propositions.




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